The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, scheduled for October 7-15, will honor Brent Renaud

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) returns October 7-15 and will be held at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa.

HSDFF has announced that Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort will be the presenting sponsor of the 31st annual festival.

This year, the festival will feature over 80 films, numerous filmmakers and industry guests, Q&A panels and workshops, an educational series for local students, a wellness series and parties. festivities and evenings with filmmakers. Nightly party spots include: Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, The Gangster Museum of America, Deluca’s Pizzeria, Splash Wine Bar Superior Bathhouse Brewery, Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Beer Garden, The Rooftop Bar, The Clubhouse and Whittington Place.

The festival announced that Christine Choy (Who Killed Vincent Chin?) will receive the film festival’s Impact Award, and Brent Renaud will posthumously receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“We are all very happy to return to the longtime home of the film festival and its undisputed epicenter at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. This will be a continuation of the process we began last year to return to theater screenings and in-person events as our moviegoers and filmmakers have known and loved for three decades now,” said HSDFF Festival Director Sheryl Santacruz.

“This year’s winners are also especially special for Hot Springs. Choy has made an indelible impact through his pioneering and activist cinema, and we can’t think of a better recipient for this year’s award. And, of course, the Renaud brothers’ contributions, not just to the Arkansas film community but to non-fiction storytelling in general, are immeasurable; we are proud to rename this award in honor of Brent,” she added.

Passes to attend the festival are currently on sale, with a full program announcement and individual tickets going live in mid-September. For more information on the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival or to purchase tickets, visit:

The HSDFF is the oldest documentary festival in North America and is an Oscar-qualifying festival for “Documentary Short Subject” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.